Is going to the beach OK? What about hiking?
(CNN) — Travel bans and closed borders have put wanderlust on hold, and as the United States and other countries grapple with a surge in coronavirus cases, even domestic travel is increasingly unlikely.
These mandates have left many Americans isolated at home, hopefully heeding the social distancing guidance outlined by health officials and venturing only to places like the grocery store or pharmacy.
Think of everyone around you (outside of your cohabitants) as virus carriers, since there isn't enough testing to assume otherwise.
It's fine to go outside, to go anywhere outdoors really, so long as you're committed to following the social distancing protocols as outlined by medical experts.
That means staying at least six feet away from anyone you aren't living with. Crowded parks or beaches teeming with people won't do.
Playgrounds and public facilities like restrooms should be avoided because of their high-touch nature.
Briefly crossing paths with other humans is not much of a problem. This passing contact is fortunately not considered high risk. (Do your neighbor a favor though and wait to sneeze or cough once you have the sidewalk or trail to yourself.)
Miami Beach and other tourist destinations have issued mandates to close some of Florida's most popular beaches. In Australia, Bondi Beach is closing in response to crowds of people ignoring social distancing advice.
But beaches that are open and uncrowded can provide some outdoor relief. In other words, there is a need for finding ways to still enjoy life and doing what we love to do.
So a beach should be fine if it's not crowded and you're maintaining your distance from other off-season beachgoers.
Bottom line (for now): Yes, it's OK to venture outdoors. It's OK to stretch your legs or curl up on a blanket on an uncrowded stretch of beach. Pitch a tent that respects the social distancing requirements.
If you fall into one of the higher-risk groups, though, staying in is a good idea.
Read the entire article on https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/hiking-beach-coronavirus/index.html.